Technology has always been related to big cities, industrial zones and cutting edge development. However, the roll and function of tech as a player in the resolution of “Urban Matters” has not changed since early the 21st century. Concepts like Geographical Information Systems and Public Participation Programs (online survey or questioner) have become common place and are soon to be considered traditional elements of the practice.
So what’s going to be the next big technological trend in urban planning?
If you ask me, the answer to the question comes in two parts. The first one is the larger intrusiveness of GIS and data gathering in our personal lives. We are falling towards a science fiction future similar to all the pessimistic predictions done so far. Where some of the civil liberties are limited by monitoring and every move we make in public is stored in a server in a cold warehouse. Will it be as bad as it sounds? Most likely not, again in my opinion; but that is another idea for another post.
The second part and complement of the first one, is the use of Artificial Intelligence in the everyday management of urban services and resolution of Urban Matters. While AI is still in its very early years and we are a decade (or more) away before we have personal protocol droids, in the coming years robots will handle more and more tasks. In the following bullets I write some predictions of my own to be seen in the next decade.
•The use of autonomus drones for data gathering in harsh or stresfull environments.
•Larger deployment of rapid response sistems based on AI.
•Better and wider comunitacion systems between civil servants and citizents.
•Trafic jams with smart and dumb cars; no matter how many self-driving cars are in the rodes, as long as everyone is in the streets at 6 pm traffic jams will remain.
•Development of smarter response systems to disasters, both natural and man made. This is more a personal goal than a prediction, and you will read more about it in the coming posts.
The final remark come as an invitation to everyone to take part in the use of technology; the more people involved, the more democratic it turns. Learn as much as you can of computers, programming languages and robotics.